Buccal Fat Removal

In Atlanta


Buccal Fat Removal

Chubby cheeks make for amusing memes on babies but on adults, they often undermine the sophisticated appearance you crave. You shouldn’t feel any embarrassment when you look in the mirror. You should feel proud of your appearance, and there is a surgical option that can help you, namely a Buccal Fat Removal. This procedure involves removing the buccal fat pad located in the cheeks. Patients who receive Buccal Fat Removal report high levels of satisfaction in their newly defined cheekbones and modelesque appearance.

If you are considering Buccal Fat Removal, come and see Dr. Brian Arslanian at Arslanian Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Arslanian is a Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and is ready to work with you. Find out how Dr. Arslanian can help elevate your appearance with a Buccal Fat Removal today.

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Contour Your Cheeks

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Located between your cheekbones and jawline on your face are the buccal fat pads. Everyone has buccal fat, but some people have more than others, and they play a defining role in the shape and appearance of your face. Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure that removes the fat in this area of your face. The results can be quite astounding, and patients of  Dr. Arslanian, a.k.a. Dr. “Hotlanta”, can look forward to a slimmer, more contoured face and cheek area, making you look elegant and chic. One of the most stunning results from Buccal fat removal is how it highlights and elevates your cheekbones.

What are the benefits of Buccal Fat Removal?

If you are considering a surgical option to reduce the excess fatty tissue in your cheeks, consider the benefits of Buccal Fat Removal in Atlanta, which include: 

  • Slimmer facial profile
  • Better facial symmetry
  • A slender, v-shaped contour in the lower portion of your face
  • Enhances the appearance of high cheekbones
  • Improved cheek and jawline definition
  • Removal of excessive fatty tissue in the cheeks
  • No visible scarring
  • Improved confidence and self-esteem.

This procedure can help define your facial features in a way that is slimming, natural, and more aesthetically pleasing.

Who are the best candidates for Buccal Fat Removal?

Candidates for Buccal Fat Removal in Atlanta should be at or near their ideal body weight. Additionally, they should be living a healthy lifestyle. If a candidate still wants to lose a significant amount of weight, buccal fat removal should be postponed. Weight loss might affect the procedure. Ideal candidates are non-smokers. If you smoke tobacco products, make sure to mention that during your consultation. You should also have realistic expectations. Buccal fat removal can’t create new cheeks or cheekbones for you out of thin air; it can only fine-tune your existing natural beauty.

Buccal fat removal may not be the best option for everyone. Here are some scenarios where it may not be recommended:

  • People with naturally thin faces where Buccal Fat Removal can make them look “hollowed” out.
  • Patients with progressive hemifacial atrophy (Parry-Romberg syndrome). This rare disorder causes the skin on one side of the face to shrink, which is known to affect the buccal fat pad.
  • As you get older, you naturally lose fat in your face. The procedure may accentuate jowls and other signs of aging.

Contact our office to schedule your consultation appointment so Dr. Arslanian can determine if you are a good fit for this procedure.

First Steps

What’s the first step?

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The first step to getting a Buccal Fat Removal procedure is to call our clinic in Atlanta and book a consultation with Dr. Arslanian. Our patient coordinator will take your details and guide you through the process. During your consultation, it will be explained what a buccal fat removal procedure is, what it does, and how it can benefit you. The benefits and risks will be discussed, allowing you to ask questions to make an informed decision. 

 Prior to the day of your surgery, Dr. Arslanian may ask you to fast for a certain amount of time or avoid certain medications such as blood thinners.

What to expect on the day of Buccal Fat Removal surgery

On the day of your procedure, he will walk you through his technique and steps, as discussed in your consultation. 

Buccal fat removal is a fairly simple procedure in theory, but it requires surgical experience and a rarefied vision for beauty to achieve the best results. 

The first step is to administer the appropriate anesthesia: local, general, or IV sedation may be used. 

Next, Dr. Arslanian will make small incisions on the inside of your mouth. If you are undergoing cheek reduction as part of a facelift, he may be able to use the same incisions for multiple procedures at the same time. 

Through the mouth, he will use scissors to pierce the fascia (a layer of tissue). He will use a long tool to spread the fat and carefully remove the portion of the fat pad causing fullness in the cheek. The wound is then packed with gauze to keep it clean.

After the fat deposits are removed, he will close the incisions with biodegradable sutures.

Your surgery will be complete and you will have time to rest in our dedicated recovery room.

We advise all patients to arrange reliable transport to and from our clinic so they can rest without the added stress of driving through Atlanta traffic post-surgery. Dr. Arslanian will give you a complete list of do’s and don’ts to take home with you, guiding you through the initial weeks of healing and recovery. 

Buccal Fat Removal recovery

Very little downtime is required after a Buccal Fat Removal, which is a plus for many patients in Atlanta. Recovery is relatively simple. Most patients don’t require any pain medication and can return to work the next day.

Others may experience swelling in the face. However, this is normal and usually subsides within 2 to 3 weeks. The tissues inside the mouth usually take 7 to 10 days to recover after the procedure, so the patient may need to eat soft or liquid foods for a few days. A special mouth rinse is sometimes recommended to help prevent infection and should be used as directed. While it can be tempting to play with the sutures inside your mouth, you must avoid this at all costs while your incisions are still healing. This action can result in the wound reopening, requiring additional surgical correction.

Dr. Arslanian can prescribe pain medication if you experience mild to moderate pain.

Buccal Fat Removal Cost

How much does a Body Lift cost in Atlanta, GA?

The cost of Buccal Fat Removal in Atlanta varies based on several factors: 

  • Amount of buccal fat pads being removed
  • Estimate time needed for the procedure
  • The type of anesthesia being administered

Dr. Arslanian takes the time to conduct a thorough examination of all his patients so he can develop a treatment plan that works to give you the results you are seeking. After determining your candidacy for this procedure, he will connect you with one of our patient coordinators who will give you information about the final cost of your surgery. 

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Why choose Arslanian Plastic Surgery?

When you come to Arslanian Plastic Surgery for a Buccal Fat Removal procedure, you will be in good hands with Dr. Arslanian and his team. Dr. Arslanian obtained his medical degree from the University at Buffalo and then went on to complete a rigorous training program in General Surgery at one of the prestigious Harvard Hospitals: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. During his residency he discovered his passion for plastic surgery: both cosmetic and reconstructive. He then completed another 3 years of specialized training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University, an epicenter for plastic surgery in the United States. 

As a Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Arslanian has launched and grown his own practice into a busy mix of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to help patients from all over the Metro Atlanta area. Dr. Arslanian’s goal for every patient is to create a beautiful, natural look, using the safest techniques he has learned.


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To schedule a consultation with Dr. Arslanian, you can call (678) 894-9200, or contact us through our website. We also offer virtual consultations for all patients. Get in touch with us today and find out how Dr. Arslanian can help you restore your confidence in your body.

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